Friday, December 03, 2010

My net was out for 2 weeks! Updates on the concert, my nose and the Hunger Games

10 Year Anniversary - The UPCC Batch 2000

Batchmates (from left) Josette, Raisa, Liz, Reyjr, Shaina, Roger, Emily, Ging and Deo.

The UPCC concert is in 2 days and I still haven't fully recovered from my cough and colds.  I am still a little hoarse, but hopefully my voice will be well enough to hit those high notes.  We will be singing and dancing 4 songs: three Filipino songs and one English gospel song...

After weeks of rehearsing (on weekends), we are good to go.  It's been 10 years since we sang these songs together, I can't even believe it's been that long!  Majority of us have now graduated from the University and have since pursued our different career paths, now professionals in our fields - some in Engineering, in Law, in Sales, Business Management, even one in Politics. Still others took the other route - changed the course of their careers and chose to do what they loved most - to make Music.

About half of our batch are now living in other countries. Some have married, a few couples are both from our batch: there's Roger and Emily, Raymond and Denise. The batch now also have a few godchildren to look after - and one in particular will even be baptized in the morning before the concert.

This concert is special to me not only because I will be singing on stage with the UPCC again after such a long time, but also because we are keeping the traditions of "Korus" alive.  I admire this group a lot because I know what it has done for me, and I see what it has done for so many of its members.  Maybe someday I'll tell you everything I learned in this university choir - not just singing or movement lessons, but leadership, relationship, and life lessons.

But for now, I invite you to come over to UP Diliman College of Music and watch our concert on Saturday, Dec 4. We will have a blast! :D

The Performers
Sopranos: Liz, Denise, Analou, Mel, Ging, Emily.
Altos: Josette, Abi, Shaina.
Tenors: Reyjr, Raymond, Nikos, Armin.
Basses: Fortune, Roger, Erich, Alvin.

Pianist: Benjie.
Conductor: Ma'am Jai

The scent of a woman

My sense of smell has been out for almost 2 weeks now, but finally I've regained some olfactory capacity - it surprised me today when someone walked past me and I caught a whiff of her shampoo. I think it was Pantene. Haha. :p  Soon after that I began noticing more smells - some pleasant, other not.

Has this ever happened to you?

Hunger Games: This books makes me hungry

Since my internet's been out for almost 2 weeks, I finished this book called "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.  I'm not a big reader but when I do read, I tend to become obsessed by it - talking about it with almost everyone.

My short review is that the first 5 pages or so bored me, but after those few pages, the pace quickened, and then I couldn't stop reading.  I would occasionally roll my eyes at some cheesy lines, but they were neutralized by the characters themselves.

I like how detailed it becomes when the author describes the food. It's like forcing you to imagine everything - making your stomach rumble

Some memorable moments in the book include Katniss and Rue, and the bread from District 11, and of course the scene with the berries. Haha, I don't want to give too much away and spoil it for someone else.

Several times when the "love story" was being played up, I caught myself thinking - no, no, it's a teen novel like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series - then think again... with all that gore and violence, I wouldn't give one to my teen aged children if I had some. Haha. But a young adult who is not very squeamish would probably enjoy it.

Not to say that I didn't. I already borrowed the second book from Liz. She has the whole 3-book set. ;)

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